I do like the WordPress interface, but I really do prefer to blog offline when possible. Living in a rural area our internet can hiccup a lot. I hate being almost finished a post only to lose it when the internet goes out! For many years I used Windows Live Writer for blogging, it’s about the only MS program I do like. Then about 1 1/2 ago I switched to Linux as my main operating system. I love it and I don’t regret the decision at all. However I keep my copy of Windows XP running in a virtual box for a few programs I need. Windows Live Writer being one of them.
I’ve tried many blogging clients for Linux and so far I haven’t found any as full featured as Windows Live Writer. Blogilo comes the closest. Blogilo was really easy to set up with my wordpress blog, but I had to tweak it a little to connect to my blogger blog. Really the only thing keeping me from using Blogilo full time right now is that the last update took out the spell checker. Seriously this is something I need. LOL! What’s the point in using Blogilo if I have to copy the text into another program to check for typo.
Blogilo does allow you to add images and upload them directly. I love this because some offline blogging editors don’t handle media very well. But in the add image window it only allows you to right or left justify images. If you want them centered you have highlight them in the text window then click center, or use html. It also doesn’t have options to boarders, drop shadows, watermarking or other interesting image options.
One thing Blogilo did do was easily download my wordpress theme for previewing my post in. It did not correctly download the theme I use on blogger though. My theme on blogger is their Simple Template and the only changes I’ve made are images. So I don’t have any thing that should be trouble to read. On the other side I had headaches getting Windows Live Writer to recognize my wordpress theme. After a lot of reading and searching, it turns out if you have a static home page on your blog Live Writer might not be able to download it correctly. After I changed my home page temporarily to a posts page Live Writer was able to download the theme. Live Writer had no problems connecting to or downloading my Blogger theme.
Blogilo wont let you create new categories, you can only select existing ones. You also can’t see a list of existing tags. Live Writer lets you create new categories and while it doesn’t show you a list of your tags, as you start typing it pops up matching tags.
I’ve focused a lot on what Blogilo is lacking in my opinion. However it really is a good blogging software. Other then the spell checker issue, the text editor works very well. Adding and uploading images is easy as well. Really for my needs these two programs are so close that I could use either one. For now my personal preference is if I have a lot of media to use I’ll likely use Windows Live Writer. Blogilo would be great for a quick post where I’m not so likely to make many typos.
I do hope that Blogilo will have another release soon and fix the spell check problem, my biggest issue. If the categories, tags, media handling and spell check were improved I would have one less reason to start up old XP.